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Friday, 27 December 2013

Christmas Dress!

Season's Greetings! We had a white Christmas this year, did you?

Did you finish your Christmas dress on time? It seems like everyone in the sewing blogosphere makes a Christmas dress. I mean, who could forget Gertie's Red Lace Dress? This year I made the easiest dress ever - the Kwik Sew K3559. It's the same pattern that I used for my Eight Days a Week dress. It was so easy I managed to get it finished before I went on vacation!
I sure was glad to have this dress to wear on Christmas. So cozy!

Monday, 23 December 2013

Seasonally appropriate tutorial

Nothing says Yule time cheer like making your own beach cover-up. Enjoy this seasonally appropriate tutorial. Merry Christmas!

Cut out two trapezoids with the measurements in the illustration. Notice that the back piece is 1" longer than the front. Also cut neck holes front and back and raise the hemline on the front piece. Feel free to change any of the measurements to suit your size. 5/8" seam allowance is included in all measurements.

Make a 4" shoulder seam on each side starting from the neckline. You’ll stop a good few inches from the side edge of the fabric. Press open the seam and fold under the seam allowance from the neck hole all the way to the side edge of the fabric and top stitch to finish.
Use a rolled hem foot to finish the sides.
Finish the neck hole and the hems with bias tape, folding under raw edges and top-stitching down

Wrong sides together, align the bottom corners of the front with the bottom corners of the back (remember that the back is longer than the front? The shoulder seam will fall a little bit to the front of the garment.)
On the front, mark a point 13.5" down from the shoulder seam and 9.5" out from the centre. Connect the point to the bottom corners with chalk. Stitch the line from the point to 4" before the bottom corner.
You’re done!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013


Hey, when you sew, do you approach each project with a clear plan or do you kind of wing it?

I just spent two weeks on Maui!

OK, that's kind of a non sequitur but leading up to the vacation, I knew I wanted to make myself a beach cover up, I just didn't have a real clear idea of what I wanted it to look like; short or maxi dress? Knit or weave? Form fitting or billowy? All I knew when I started was that I wanted to look glamorous.

I didn't really enjoy the process of making this, and it definitely took longer than I wanted it to, but after a few false starts (owing to the fact that I was making it up as I went along) I sure am happy with how it turned out!

Oh, did I mention that Maui is paradise? I felt very glamorous swanning about the resort in this. I used a digital print Italian linen. So gorgeous! It had a little bit more body than I was originally picturing but I just had to use it.